One of the best places here is the Hamptons. We have a home out east and love spending time together as a family. It’s the perfect place to spend the summer season because there are some of the best beaches on the eastern end of Long Island, great museums like the Parrish Art Museum, delicious lobster rolls, the oldest lighthouse in Montauk and so much more! New Yorkers get the hype but in case you need a little convincing on having the best time in the Hamptons and Montauk to end the summer, here is everything to do out here this month!
Spend the Day at the Beach
Firstly, it’s the final countdown to fall and that is enough of a reason to head to the beach for me! I mean, what is better than spending the day at the beach just laying in the sun with friends and family? There are several beautiful beaches in the Hamptons to spend the day at. I’d suggest starting out by going to whichever one is closest to you, but you can always switch it up! If you’re headed out here for a short period of time and don’t know where to begin, here are a few to check out: Coopers Beach, Main Beach, Atlantic Avenue Beach, Ditch Plains Beach, Kirk Park Beach and Hither Hills State Park.
My favorite pass time! We have plenty of great stores and locations to head to for shopping out here. Let’s start with the iconic Main Street in both Southampton and East Hampton! You can find so many different stores from clothing to home goods to fantastic restaurants, a whole entire day could be spent there! Division Street in Sag Harbor has some more shops, even antique ones! Lately, the girls and I have been loving Aviator Nation, Ever/After and of course, LoveShackFancy!
Enjoy a Lobster Roll
For some reason, there is a lot of controversy when it comes to labeling the best Lobster Roll out east. And quite frankly, I’m not even sure I can make a decision myself! They’re all very different from one another and you can decide whether or not you prefer to eat them cold or warm. Mayo ratio is another huge thing to take into consideration! A few great spots on our list are LUNCH, Claudio’s on Main, Duryea’s, K Pasa and Bostwick’s Chowder House. Read about our favorite lobster rolls here.
This is a fantastic thing to do with friends or for a date! The best spot out in the Hamptons to go wine tasting would definitely be the Wölffer Estate Vineyard. There truly is nothing like it! Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful out there, but the wine, itself, is exquisite! They happen to have some of my very favorite summer wine options, so whether I go wine tasting there or grab some from the store for entertaining, I’m happy! A good wine cellar and vineyard visit is something that doesn’t necessarily need a special occasion, but it totally can be a great spot to celebrate. This is also an iconic and stunning place to have a wedding!
Located in Montauk, this is one of the top things I look forward to every summer. Spas and any place that leaves me feeling more relaxed and better than I felt walking in is a win in my book. Salt therapy is also known as Halotherapy. The whole concept is seriously fascinating to me. This is a natural treatment for things like asthma, anxiety, inflammation, skin issues and so much more! Go and relax while breathing in air that is full of negatively charged ionized salt particles and almost 90 elements such as iron and magnesium.
Try New Restaurants
There are endless local restaurants in the Hamptons that you could constantly be trying new ones. What’s really cool is that they all have their own signature dishes, so whenever you’re in the mood for something particular, go try the place that does it the best! For fresh seafood, I highly recommend having a summer full of fish. When in comes to the Hamptons, the views sometimes are better than the food! Although, I’m not complaining because the views are miraculous! These are our favorite Hamptons spots to eat at this summer. or those that like to party, Surf Lodge is a must go! It’s high season now so it will be beyond crowded but it’s a place to go at least once!
This is actually my favorite rainy day activity, but it’s always a good day to go to a Museum! The most well known museum out here is probably the Parrish Art Museum, which has some truly amazing works of art. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, Guild Hall and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center are a few other great ones!
Take a Hike
Hiking is underrated! It’s a great form of exercise, it gets you outside and is a great activity for your family to do together. Some of our best memories are just exploring outdoors with one another! If you’re on the hunt for some great places to go on a hike in the Hamptons, I recommend Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Lighthouse Loop Trail at Cedar Point County Park and Walking Dunes at Hither Hills State Park. Get up and head outside! make sure to bring water and sunscreen.
We have a whole list of our favorite Hamptons workouts here! If you aren’t sure where to begin, try going for classes that target certain muscles and needs or go for a full body workout. I’ll list a few of my favorite spots in no particular order: SLT, Tracy Anderson Method, the BARN SoulCycle, Mivana Move at Topping Rose House and, of course, anything Isaac Boots has!
A staycation or weekend getaway! Gurney’s is the place to be! I have the most relaxing time every single time I go out there. My whole family enjoys it, too! They are a resort and spa and also have some fantastic food there. It’s one of the best spots for views on the east coast! One of the best parts, is that they have kids activities there, so it’s super family friendly which is something I always look out for. The Seawater Spa is unmatched, I sleep like a baby after spending some time there. The amenities are endless and they are pet friendly if you want to bring your furry friend! It’s truly a great time and we always look forward to our stays there.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Montauk is the Lighthouse. It is a cool thing to go see and my family likes takes a few trips each summer to grab some photos of it! The Montauk Historical Society has a bunch of information on the history of it, if you’d like to take a a read. I recommend seeing it at least once if you’re out east. Montauk highway itself has beauty and the drive out there from the Hamptons is something I always look forward to.
More shopping opportunities, but this time a whole new experience! Antique shopping is for the old souls. We love vintage looks and feels. Luckily, there are a ton of great places to go antiquing out in the Hamptons! I love one of a kind pieces that have a lot of personality. Here’s a few top antique shops: In the Attic Too, FORK + ROSE: Home and Table, Mecox Gardens and Black Swan Antiques.
Finally, you can’t end the summer without having ice cream here! I’m not ashamed to admit that many of our summer nights end in ice cream runs and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Those were some of my favorite summer childhood memories, getting ice cream and sitting together as a family and just talking all night long. Here are a few of our favorite ice cream spots out in the Hamptons: Tate’s Bake Shop Tatewich, Big Olaf, Gemelli Gelato and the Southampton Fudge Company.
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